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Black Jester


Progressive Metal

3.22 | 18 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 for sure

Black Jester one of the unnoticed progressive metal bands from '90's from Italy with 3 solid album released across that decade, with great musicianship and some fantastic arrangements overall. Progressive metal with neo classical touch and aswell with that specific neo prog flavour of the early to mid '90's like a more a metalized neo prog in places, combined all these is Black jester. Their second album I got I guess more then 12 years ago and was one of the first prog metal bands I've came across as listner and I was pretty impressed back then as now after some re spins 3 more precise. Two of the founding memebers from Black Jester after disbanding - Paolo Viani (guitar), Alberto Masiero (drums, will formed Moonlight Circus , a band taken the name from this album title. Well, now talikng about this decond BJ offer from 1994 named Welcome to the moonlight circus issued at MII (Music is intelligence) is a good towards great release in this field. Not sounding at all like Dream Theter of that period, more towards Malmsteen and neo classical bands from that time, with worthy arpegious and solid arrangements. Fine vocal parts, and above all instrumental sections are realy strong. The greatest tracks are Mirror song and the title track, both lenghy where the skills of the musicians are on the highest level, great prog metal in the finest moments. Why this band is so unknown to larger public is beyond me. A 3.5 stars album to me, good towards great, prog metal with splendid moments in places, from complex arrangements to more light moments makes from this second Black jester offer a winner release in this field. Give this band a try they worth it .

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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